Friday, April 20, 2012

Sew Weekly Challenge: Childhood or "The Boot Slappin' Denim Flappin' Girl Scout Father Daughter Hoedown Skirt"

Friends, do not judge me for what I am about to show you:

I don't know what is worse: the denim vest, the denim prairie skirt with the lace ruffle, or THAT HAIR.  The hair is the reason I'll never go back to having a pixie cut - because then it turns into a bowl cut.  OMGNO. 

This is my NO face.

 I used some denim that I had found in the remnant box at the Needle Shop to make up Colette's Meringue Skirt.  I thought it was only fitting to honor that hideous denim ensemble (with lace bits) by making a fabulous scallop skirt.

This skirt whipped up in no time!  From start to finish, I think it took me three hours... and it only took that long because I got distracted by the Hunger Games soundtrack (which is AWESOME).  

 A close up of the scallops, which turned out pretty well since I followed the directions in the book.  Sometimes, when I follow directions, things work out - and I like that.

There were no tears involved in the making of this skirt, which is more than can be said for the epic denim ensemble.  Every other picture from before the hoedown has me standing there with a tear-stained face.  I got in trouble for something - probably hurting my sister, which is what you do when you are 8... and just want to get out on the dance floor so you can dance to Achey Breaky Heart.

Oh, memories... drowning them away with a Sweaty Betty.  I have no idea what that is exactly - Rob had it in the fridge and I stole one.  Now I just need a mechanical bull and it will be an epic night, y'all.

Have a great weekend, all!  And don't overdo the denim - it can only end in tears.


  1. Girl, that last pic cracks me up!

    Love the skirt - looks awesome (and super versatile) in denim. :-)

  2. The skirt looks great!! Love it!

  3. Oh, HELLZ yes!! I love your denim Meringue!! I made one too and I wear it All The Time :)

  4. That's awesome! Dare I say it, epic even! I'm pretty sure I wore a similar outfit and had a similar haircut in the 80's, but not at the same time. :)

  5. I love this post ! the pictures are awesome (as is your skirt !). Denim is a well good wardrobe staple, I have made 2 denim skirts now and I wear them all the time ! Liking the NO face too - mine is very similar ! xx

  6. An overdo in denim can definitely end in tears. I agree on all accounts! I would have never thought to pair denim with scallops but it looks great! Bravo! And in 3 hours, amazing!

  7. Oh wow, that childhood photo is AMAZING. I had a pretty horrifying western-style ensemble myself... luckily no photographic evidence exists! Love the denim Meringue-- super cute!

  8. lovey, lovey, lovey! I love this skirt! Great job and I adore your little girl photo!!!

  9. Girl, you are not put together right! I say this with all affection, in the most syrupy central NC accent imaginable. Kudos to you for excellent scallop work.

  10. I often wonder if our parents really loved us. You should see some of the crap mine put me in. 8-)

    Very cute skirt, I would never have thought of denim for a Meringue, but it works, and works well.

  11. I can not believe it, I also have the M skirt cut out and waiting to be made up in.... yes... denim! I hope mine is as pretty as yours. x x x